Nearly two years after beating cancer, Denton High School sophomore Jordan King decided to make a website to support others in their fights against cancer.
“It’s for my foundation, King of Harts,” King said. “We chose that label because my last name is King and my friend’s last name is Hart. We both had cancer at the same time, and we established this foundation together.”
He had the help of his friend, Brooke Harts, who is currently in seventh grade at Schrade Middle School in Roanoke to bring the website to life. Brooke was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma in June 2011 and met Jordan at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas while they were both receiving treatment for their cancers.
“While we both fought cancer, we were given tablets,” King said. “We had so much fun with them, and we FaceTimed each other all the time. Because of the impact these devices had on us, Brooke and I came up with the idea. We talked about it and we thought it would be a good thing to do, and it would bring encouragement to a lot of people. We wanted to make an impact on others, so we decided to do it once we were towards the end of treatment.”
Hart hopes to share the impact with others as well.
“I really wanted to give kids something, like I had, that will help and I wanted to give them a chance to have something to entertain them and keep their spirits up,” Hart said.
Their website has one specific goal. However, they have multiple uses for their page.
“We raise money to buy electronic tablets, iPads, Kindles, and we give them to kids battling cancer,” King said. “We do have a donation link on our website, and you click and donate, but we also have a link to Facebook on our website, too. If you go to our Facebook page, you can read about the foundation and what we do.”
It wasn’t easy to bring their idea to life.
“It takes a lot,” King said. “We had some friends that helped us out and used help from the computer as well. But we had to submit forms to the state to get it approved, and then we had to build the website.”
They finished making the site and it has stayed up.
“The foundation has been around for a year or so, but the website has been around for like two or three months, not too long, just since the summer,” King said.
They have been accomplishing their goal for this website.
“We’ve donated over 10 devices, and raised over $16,000,” King said. “The tablets have all been donated to patients at the Children’s Medical Center in Dallas.”
They want to continue their charity for quite a while.
“I would like to do this as long as I possibly can because nothing feels better than making a sick kid smile,” Hart said.
Leah Bowen is a junior at Denton High School and a participant in the Denton Record-Chronicle’s “Speak Out Loud” program for student journalists.